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Casting Net: Ben Affleck to direct and star in Africa-set thriller; Plus, Rachel McAdams to replace Reese Witherspoon, more

25 October 2013 5:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Warner Bros. and Pearl Street Films have set video game writer Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) to pen the script for an Africa-set geopolitical thriller for Oscar-winner Ben Affleck to star in and direct. The story is about a group of mercenaries hired to kill a warlord. Affleck is currently shooting the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl where he plays lead Nick Dunne. After that he’ll direct and star in Live By Night and then tackle his role as Batman in the Man of Steel follow-up. [Deadline]

Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) is in talks »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Sam Dillon Joins James Franco, Thomas Mann in Indie Drama ‘Memoria’

25 October 2013 4:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Up-and-coming actor Sam Dillon has been cast alongside James Franco and Thomas Mann in the indie drama “Memoria,” TheWrap has learned. Vladimir de Fontenay and Nina Ljeti are writing and directing the movie, which Franco is executive producing under his RabbitBandini Productions banner. Franco met the filmmakers while enrolled at New York University. Dillon and Franco recently worked together on Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” which was based on Franco’s book of short stories. “Memoria” is one of three feature films being adapted from Franco’s short stories, along with “Killing Animals” and “Yosemite.” It is specifically based on the short stories “Memoria, »

- Jeff Sneider

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